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Troubleshooting Clogged Bathroom Drains & Toilets

December 18, 2018

Drains

Clogged drains are just part of the joy of indoor plumbing. The good news is that you can troubleshoot the issues and prevent them from happening again, including chronic problems. But to get there, we'll need to get into what causes drain clogs in the first place.

Most bathroom drain clogs result when dirt, skin flakes, and especially hair binds to soap scum on the walls of drain pipes. Over time, this gunk accumulates and reduces water flow.

Troubleshooting

Remove and clean the drain stopper. Next, try using the humble drain plunger, keeping in mind to block the over-flow drain in the tub or sink. If that doesn't work, remove the drain elbow joint and clean it out. Clean drain stoppers routinely to prevent clogs and use a hair strainer drain-cover to trap hair before it goes down the drain.

Toilets

Clogged toilets are a nasty business. These mainly happen when people try flushing down items that do not dissolve or break apart in water such as:

  • feminine hygiene products
  • cotton-tipped swabs
  • dental floss
  • pre-moistened diaper wipes
Troubleshooting

The plunger is the first line of defense. The most effective plungers shoot jets of water to clear the drain pipe. Many have anti-microbial coatings. Next, use an inexpensive hand-powered drain auger. While not a pleasant experience, a hand auger can reach between 2 to 5 feet down the toilet's drain pipe to break-up or retrieve things (such as Junior's action figure) that are blocking the pipe.
The best preventative for keeping your toilet free from clogs is to only put in waste and paper that readily dissolve in water. Regular cleaning will also keep water flowing smoothly.

Are You Experiencing Drain Problems?

July 23, 2018

Does your plumbing creak and groan? Do your pipes have low water flow? Or maybe the water is not draining properly? These drain problems may be solved easily, and economically.

As a homeowner or landlord, these drainage issues can sneak up on you time and again if they are not dealt with properly. Over time, drain blockages can create damage and low water flow can become a hassle and often a sign of a larger problem.

If you have drain problems and you are not sure what to do about it, it is best to consult an experienced plumber. Environmental Plumber has local Ottawa plumbers with decades of plumbing experience to help fix your drainage issues. A variety of their plumbing repair services can easily help you find the solution!

For a blockage, a proper drain cleaning with a follow up regime of  Bio-Clean may be your best bet. Bio-Clean is an environmentally friendly and overwhelmingly effective drain maintenance solution.

If you experience drain problems, a simple call can start you on your way to a solution!

Cover Your Plumbing Basics

July 11, 2018

Environmental Plumbing can cover your plumbing basics. We offer a variety of plumbing repairs and plumbing installations, not just drain cleaning!

  • Toilet Repair: In many instances, you do not need to replace your malfunctioning toilet! It's easy to have one of our local Ottawa plumbers check it out. One small repair can fix a big problem!
  • Faucet Repairs: Leaky faucet driving you mad? Don't break the bank when you can make that repair for much less! We can tell you about the warranty on your faucet and honor them where applicable!
  • Drain Repairs: Let our experts stop the damage that a leaking drain can cause! Of course, after it's fixed, you might want to maintain it with Bio-Clean.
  • Sink Replacements: A little vanity doesn't hurt, and we can help you with that! We can provide free estimates on-site for all types of sinks!

For solutions to any of these problems, or any other plumbing-related issues, don't hesitate to contact us. We try to give a quote by phone or come out to give a free estimate. 

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